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Labour Day Thoughts

Dr. Linda Hancock 12. The Twelfth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Labour Day iStock

My mother had limited options when it came to choosing a career. She could be a nurse, a nun or a teacher. She wasn't Catholic and didn't think she could handle the duties in nursing. The requirement at the time as preparation for holding a teaching position was to complete a one-year "Normal School" program which she did. Mom taught in small Saskatchewan towns but when my maternal grandmother had both breasts and part of her throat removed because of cancer, she went before the school board to make a proposal. Family was a priority for her. She told her...

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Labour Day - Yesterday and Today

Dr. Linda Hancock 11. The Eleventh Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Labour Day iStock

Each year we celebrate Labour Day in a number of countries. For most of us, it is merely a long weekend that signals the end of the summer season. Its roots, however, were ones that involved struggle. In Toronto in the mid eighteen hundreds there was a new industrialized economy where machines began to replace employees. Workers lost their power and therefore faced long working hours, poor benefits and deplorable working conditions. This situation led to a need for solidarity by the workers. They began staging protests and parades that were attended by crowds of up to 10,000 supporters.Over time,...

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What Is Labour Day?

Dr. Linda Hancock 07. The Seventh Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Labour Day iStock

When I grew up things were different! All the stores were closed on Sunday and Monday. The whole town shared the same opening and closing times throughout the rest of the week. Sometimes we had Saturday night shopping. Families would hurry through supper so they could angle park their cars on the main street and use the time to socialize with friends who popped in and out of the shops. There weren't any convenience stores though and there sure wasn't any way to get a quart of milk at night if you forgot to pick one up during the regular...

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